Lo Behold! March brings with it Fraud Prevention Month, a friendly reminder of how the Internet, email, and telephone scams are rampant. It is where the Government of Canada brings to your attention the importance of preventing yourselves from being duped by these cyber fraudsters.
Overseas students opting for Canadian immigration to pursue their studies in universities are on the hotlist of these scammers, with recent incidences in Ottawa and London. Because the official site for immigration to Canada does not ask you to make a transaction on the phone, your red alerts must always be on when deluded by these scammers.
Be careful as these scams can ultimately lead to cases of identity theft, fraud, theft from your bank account or credit card, and computer viruses.
Just remember these Tips to identify when a scammer calls you next time:
- Nobody can promise you a job in or a visa to Canada.
- Only Canadian immigration officers in their Canadian embassies, high commissions, and consulates can decide about your visa’s issuance.
- Look into the fee for processing Canada PR visa applications. Please note that local currencies are in-line with the official exchange rates, and they are equivalent to Canadian dollars.
- This fee should go to the “Receiver General for Canada.”
- Registered and certified immigration consultants will not ask you to transfer money into a personal bank account or even deposit it via a private money transfer service. For that, they even threaten you or offer any customized special deals to interested immigration immigrants.
- They will not give you any free email services like Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo Mail for communication.
- Be careful about checking that the salary being paid for the proposed position is not too high to be believable.
Be wary of fake websites and other Internet-related scams
In this world of fraudsters, it is easy for these tricksters to ape an original website or engineer one, which is so professional that it is not easy to spot the difference between the fake and the real one.
Not to forget, Telephone scams!
Authority does not make calls to collect payments. You can get additional information for continual application processing, or the government may ask for documents regarding the same. But no fee will be asked to be made over the phone. These scams can be a tool to steal your identity, so strict measures are in force to keep all this information confidential. Be careful not parting away with your credit card, bank account numbers, or any other payment information.